All surgeries have a risk of infection, and whilst every precaution is taken to minimise the risk, it can still happen. You will receive IV antibiotics during your procedure and may be required to take further oral antibiotics after your surgery.
It is important to tell your surgeon if you have any other infections, such as an ingrown toenail, insect bite or urinary tract infection. Infection in another part of the body can increase the risk, and may lead to an infection in the operated area.
If an infection occurs, it may appear in the immediate post operative period, or at any time afterwards. It may begin due to an infection elsewhere in the body or as an infection of the incision. Left untreated this can progress and involve the pocket and potentially the implant itself.
Treating an Infection
Should an infection occur, treatment may include:
- Antibiotics (oral and/or IV)
- Pathology (blood tests, swabs)
- Regular dressings
- Exploratory surgery and potential removal of the implant. This may be permanent or a new implant may be put in at a later date.
If you suspect an infection, it is important to contact your surgeon without delay, as early intervention often allows it to be controlled and resolved quickly. Every circumstance is different and will be managed by your surgeon with your health as the first priority.
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